Category Archives: Peace process

22 Sep

PLO Report — Palestine and the United Nations: 70 years on

The UN votes on partition, November 29, 1947 PLO Negotiation Affairs Department/ Ramallah/PNN Palestine’s story at the United Nations began on 29 November 1947, with the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) adoption of Resolution 181. The so-called “Partition Resolution” proposed, for first time in history, to divide a homeland into two […]

17 Sep

Trump: I Love Israel, and Peace Could Actually Happen

U.S. President Donald Trump, on Friday, expressed his deep affection for Israel during a call to American Jewish leaders on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, which coincides on Thursday, announcing that peace between the Palestinians and Israelis could actually happen. “I am proud to stand with the Jewish […]

26 Aug

Kushner to Abbas: Stopping Settlement Construction Impossibile

The U.S. delegation led by Kushner expressed openness to the two-state solution while refusing to commit to the 1967 borders, according to diplomatic sources who spoke to international Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat. A U.S. delegation headed by President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, this week, […]

03 Aug

Kushner: No Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Senior advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner,  has expressed frustration regarding the “peace process” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Speaking to a group of congressional interns, in what was supposed to be an off-the-record meeting, Kushner said that, after researching the conflict’s history and speaking with “a lot of people,” […]

09 Jul

EU Expects Israel to ‘Reconsider’ Settlement Plans

The European Union deplored, on Friday, Israeli plans to build more housing units within illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, and called on Israel to “reconsider” these plans. “Earlier this week, Israeli authorities proceeded with plans and issued building permits for over 1.500 settlement units in East Jerusalem. Reportedly, […]

01 Jul

UN Secretary-General: Ending Occupation the ‘Only Way’ to Achieve Peace

On the occasion of a United Nations forum, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called, on Thursday, for an end to the half-century Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights as the “only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.” In a statement […]

01 Jul

Israel-Palestine: Does Jared Kushner have the Chops to Negotiate Peace in a 50 Year Conflict?

Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the tensions Kushner faces as Trump’s peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and media activists. He is the former Ferris Professor of Journalism at PrincetonUniversity. Daoud Kuttab is currently the director general of Community Media Network (CMN) a […]

07 Jun

Norman Finkelstein (pt3): 50 Years After Since June 1967 War, Israel Continues World’s Longest Military Occupation

In the third and final installment of TRNN’s special on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein argues that the U.S.-backed “peace process” was never intended to end the Israeli occupation. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics […]

03 Jun

Beyond the Binary: Two States, One State, Failed State, No State

by Amal Ahmad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Though the international community has hailed the two-state solution since the early 1990s, it has become clear that Israel’s fragmentation of Palestinian people and territory over the past 50 years aims to make a sovereign Palestinian state impossible. While politicians explain this […]

27 May

British Labour to ‘Immediately’ Recognize Palestine if Elected

Britain’s Labour party announced, in its 2017 elections manifesto, that, if elected in June, the party would immediately recognize the state of Palestine. The manifesto stated,according to Ma’an, that the party was committed to a two-state solution to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that “there can be no military […]

24 May

Can Trump Find the Elusive Land of ‘Peacerael’?

nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready for peace. The statement was made alongside Israeli Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel Museum. Trump both met Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump had held talks with […]

24 May

Ali Abunimah: Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran

On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of […]

19 May

‘No End in Sight’: UN Officials Deliver Statements on Recent Killing of Palestinian by Israeli Settler, Peace Process, Hunger Strike

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov,  has condemned yesterday’s  killing of a Palestinian man by an Israeli settler, and the wounding of a photojournalist. Mladenov said : ”I condemn today’s reported killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli settler and the wounding of a […]

31 Mar

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

29 Mar

Poll: Majority of Jewish Israelis Oppose Ending of Occupation

A new poll was released by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on Tuesday, revealing that the majority of Israelis oppose any Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank, while 79 percent of Israelis believe its important to maintain a unified Jerusalem under Israeli control, in contradiction to longstanding international […]

03 Mar

Senator Bernie Sanders to J Street: We Need to End the 50-year-long Israeli Occupation

US Senator Bernie Sanders said, on Monday, that Israeli military occupation runs against both American and Israeli values, and called for its end. “We need to end this 50-year-long occupation,” he said, according to Haaretz. “There is no question that we should be and will be Israel’s very strong friend and […]

17 Feb

Erekat: “Only Alternative to Israeli Apartheid is a Secular One-State Solution”

nsnbc: Following a meeting with the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, John Bercow, PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat noted that the PLO consistently stated that the PLO consistently supported a two-State solution, but that the only alternative to a de-facto Israeli Apartheid State is a secular one-State solution. Erekat […]

16 Feb

US President meets with Netanyahu, Changes US Stance on Two-State Solution

The US President, Donald Trump, welcomed Israeli Prime Minister into the White House on Wednesday and the two reminisced about the long relationship between their two families. The US President took the opportunity to announce, in a single sentence, a major shift in US policy in the region. It’s unclear […]

07 Feb

Majaz Ensemble Tells Stories of Palestinian Hope and Pain through Music

A candle flame is extinguished, following the second anniversary of founding Mazaj Ensemble, a Jerusalemite musical band. Mazaj Ensemble kicked off its third year with youthful energy, enthusiasm, and with a completely different musical vision which infuses both Oriental and Western classical music. Mazaj Ensemble adapts melodies and arrangements to merge […]

02 Jan

Settlements, Demolitions Continue Unabated, Following US Abstention at UN

Palestinian sources warned, Monday, of Israeli intents to establish an illegal settlement outpost on Palestinian land located in eastern Nablus. Head of Deir al-Hatab village council, Abdul Kareem Hussein, said Israeli settlers, on Sunday, started the construction of abodes, water reserves and mobile home lots in Ras al-Ein area, to […]

01 Jan

Annotated Transcript and Video Coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Historic 12/28/16 Speech

“Thank you, all. It’s good to be here, even in the middle of a holiday week. I wish you all a happy and productive new year. Today, I want to share candid thoughts about an issue that, for decades, has animated the foreign policy dialogue, here and around the world […]

UN vote (image from UN)
24 Dec

UN Security Council Passes Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements

In the first Security Council Resolution involving Israel and Palestine in six years, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a consensus resolution that Israel must stop all settlement construction in the West Bank and dismantle every settlement built since 2001. The resolution further states that all Israeli settlements are […]

13 Dec

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

10 Dec

Reparations and the Nakba

What does it mean to advocate for compensation and repatriation when these processes are embedded within settler colonial and colonial frameworks? ~Susan Slyomovics, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Since 1948, there have been numerous maximalist and minimalist proposals to resolve the fates of Palestinian refugees by those outside the homeland and […]

10 Dec

BDS: HP Actions Broadest Ever Coordinated

40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester, and many places in between. During the International Week of Action on Hewlitt-Packard, it was revealed that the world’s largest security firm, G4S, had agreed to relinquish most […]

03 Dec

Hunger Strikers Reject Israeli Proposal for June 2017 Release

Two Palestinian hunger strikers, Ahmad Abu Fara and Anas Shadid, rejected an Israeli proposal to issue a final four-month administrative detention order against them, and release them in early June of 2017. The two, who have been on hunger strike for 70 days, since 25 September, are currently in a severely […]

01 Dec

Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for Recovery

Nur Arafeh , November 30, 2016, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network In an unusual move, and after years of neglect, American and European delegations and development agencies have recently been visiting East Jerusalem and showing an increased interest in “doing something” about its deteriorating socioeconomic conditions. Moreover, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, […]

10 Nov

VIDEO: Quizzed About Israel’s Crimes, US Tries to Change Subject

by Michael F. Brown John Kirby, US State Department spokesperson and self-described “lover of history,” knows “the media pivot.” He can ably transition from uncomfortable political terrain – Israeli wrongdoing – to the preferred territory of criticizing Palestinians living under military occupation. Last week provided Kirby just such an opportunity. […]

10 Nov

Palestinian Parties React to Trump’s Election

(photo: Getty images) The US and Israel have been long term allies and have had an unbreakable military bond, over the years, a relationship that has always affected the Palestinian political ground. However, the reactions of Palestinian political parties to the election of Trump as president  have varied, according to […]

08 Nov

Tayseer Khaled: US Administrations Selling Illusions Regarding “Peace Settlement”

Tayseer Khaled, member of the executive committee of the PLO and head of the Palestinian Expatriate Affairs Department ( PEAD ), commented on the recent leaks concerning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that USA administrations have to get used to selling illusions, regarding the so-called “peace settlement”. Clinton wrote, […]

16 Oct

Israeli PM Blasts Human Rights Organizations for Speaking Out against Military Occupation

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted two Israeli rights groups for speaking against illegal Israeli settlements and occupation at a UN Security Council meeting. B’Tselem and Americans for Peace Now, affiliated to the Israeli Peace Now movement, on Friday, joined an informal UN Security Council session on Tel Aviv’s continued […]

28 Jul

Arab Summit in Mauritania: PFLP Stresses “No Confidence”

nsnbc : In response to the final statement of the 27th Arab Summit, in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stressed that it has no confidence in what it describes as a carbon copy of the resolutions of the Arab summits, in recent […]

16 Jul

Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July […]

06 Jul

Official: Hamas Wants Shalit Deal No. 2

An Israeli official has confirmed, according to Al Ray, that Hamas is demanding the Israeli occupation, through indirect contacts, to release fifty Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails before the start of any negotiations on the prisoner swap, in which Israel will receive the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin and two […]

03 Jul

Meretz Head: “Netanyahu’s Theory Of Running The Conflict Has Collapsed”

Meretz Party head, Israeli Member of Knesset (MK) Zehava Gal-On, stated Saturday that the theory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of running the conflict has failed, and added that the only solution is ending this conflict through a political solution. “Israel cannot just ignore the Quartet Committee report,” Gal-On said, […]

01 Jul

Two-state Solution in Danger, says Quartet (Full Report)

The Middle East Quartet has released a report on impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations entitled, ‘Two-state Solution in Danger.’ The report, published in full by the PNN, below, calls Palestinians to act against terrorism, while Israel is urged to stop settlement construction. Foreign Ministers of the Quartet – representing the […]

30 Jun

Ki-moon: “Israeli Settlements Are Illegal, A Serious Threat To A Viable Palestinian State”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated, Wednesday, that Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, and pose a serious threat to prospects of establishing a viable, independent, Palestinian state. His statements came in a message delivered by Michael Moeller, Director-General of […]

23 Jun

Abbas: “We Support The French Initiative. Israel Must End Its Occupation”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated during a press conference in Brussels, on Wednesday evening, that the Palestinian Authority supports the “French Initiative,” and all the efforts by the European Union, aiming at reaching a comprehensive peace agreement. His statements came during a press conference with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative […]

21 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi: Concrete Plan Needed for French Initiative to Succeed

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Tuesday, has  welcomed the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s decision to endorse the French initiative to hold an international peace conference later this year. Ashrawi added, according to the PNN,  that, in order for the initiative to succeed, the international community must undertake a concrete action […]

19 Jun

Livni Calls for Referendum over Two-state Solution

Zionist Union member of the Israeli parliament of the Knesset, Tzipi Livni, called for a referendum, Saturday afternoon, over what she reduced to a “problem” with Palestinians. Speaking at an event in the Israeli city of Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv, Livni censured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing […]

19 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi on the Death of British MP Jo Cox

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Saturday, expressed the grief of Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine over the death of ‘Palestine’s dear friend and peace and justice activist,’ British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered outside a West Yorkshire library on Thursday. “MP Cox, a devoted humanitarian […]

13 Jun

Netanyahu: Israel Will Never Accept Arab Peace Initiative

Barak Ravid, of Israeli daily Haaretz, wrote on Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers he will never accept the original Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to two sources at the meeting. “If the Arab nations grasp the fact […]

12 Jun

Greece to Recognize Palestinian State

Syriza, the ruling party in the Greek parliament, told Palestinian lawmakers, Saturday, that the government was set to officially recognize the state of Palestine, according to a statement by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). A Greek delegation from the Syriza party reportedly met with political parties of the PLC and […]

Marwan Barghouti (mural image - from palestinianprisoners blog)
07 Jun

South African Archbishop Tutu latest voice calling for Nobel Peace Prize for Marwan Barghouthi

Revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu, himself a Nobel Prize recipient, has joined a growing number of people who have nominated Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouthi for the Nobel Peace Prize. Barghouthi is a founder of the armed wing of the Fateh party, known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – named after […]

06 Jun

Human Rights Watch Calls on ICC to Launch Investigation into Israeli War Crimes

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation into serious crimes committed against Palestinians, by the state of Israel, over the past decades. HRW said in a statement, Sunday, that ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should carry out a formal probe consistent with […]

06 Jun

Israeli Bulldozers Continue to Raid Eastern Gaza

Israeli occupation bulldozers reportedly penetrated into the Gaza Strip, east of the border fence, today. Eyewitness stated that five Israeli bulldozers, of the D9 style, penetrated some 50 meters into Palestinian lands, passing through the Attaqa gate, east of Attufah, Eastern Gaza. Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency notes that Israeli vehicles frequently raid and raze farming […]

US Secretary of State John Kerry (image from wikimedia)
02 Jun

Israeli authorities hold secret meetings with US in advance of Friday’s peace talks

As thirty nations prepare representatives to meet in Paris Friday for talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that high-lecel Israeli officials have been meeting secretly with US agents in advance of the talks. Publicly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the talks, saying “If the […]

03 May

Erekat: “All Security Meetings With Israel Have Been Ceased”

Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Tuesday that all bilateral security coordination meetings with the Israeli side have been ceased. Erekat told the Palestine Radio that the decision to suspend all security coordination with Israel was made after Israel clearly and […]

14 Apr

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Israel’s Decision To Build Hundreds Of Colonialist Units

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, strongly denounced the Israeli decision to build hundreds of colonialist units in the occupied West Bank, and described the move as part of Israel’s force displacement, and ethnic cleansing, of the Palestinian people. In a statement […]

14 Feb

EP Delegation Calls for Immediate End to Israeli Settlements, Demolitions

The European Parliament (EP’s) Delegation for relations with Palestine, expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation on the ground, calling for an immediate stop to Israeli expansion of settlements, and demolitions, said a press statement by EP delegation.’Israeli occupation policies are a direct threat to the two-state solution. The expansion of […]

31 Jan

France to Recognize Palestine If Two-State Solution Fails

A Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official, Saturday, welcomed a recent French bid to revive the deadlocked Middle East peace process and bring about the two-state solution.PLO Secretary-General Sa’eb Erekat stated in a press release that he welcomed “the call made by France for an inclusive and serious international involvement towards […]

27 Oct

Netanyahu: “We will forever live by the sword.”

October 27, 2015 10:39 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Peace process 0

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control “all of the territory” and “live forever by the sword.” The remarks were reported in Haaretz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid. Mr. Ravid wrote: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he […]

04 Jun

Obama: Israel Losing Credibility over Peacemaking

United States President Barack Obama, Tuesday, blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomacy terms for failure to advance peace with the Palestinians, saying that Israel seems to have lost its international credibility as a potential peacemaker.In an interview with the Israeli Channel II, Obama suggested that continued US diplomatic defense […]

29 May

EU Chief Calls For Renewal of Peace Talks

EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini is calling on Israel and Palestine to resume peace talks, saying the situation on the ground is ‘unsustainable.’Mogherini spoke out on the issue after a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel and Israeli forces launched a number of airstrikes into the Gaza […]

23 Apr

New Zealand Preparing Initiative To “Resume Peace Talks”

The Associated Press has reported that New Zealand, a member of the U.N. Security Council, is preparing a draft resolution meant for reviving the stalled political talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. New Zealand’s United Nations ambassador Jim McLay stated Tuesday that his country has friendship with both Israel […]

10 Mar

Hamas: Long-term Ceasefire in Exchange for End of Gaza Siege

Walla Israeli website said, Monday, that Hamas has recently sent a series of letters to Israeli occupation authorities, offering a long-term ceasefire which would last for at least 5 years, in exchange for ending the siege on Gaza.According to the PNN, the letters also pointed to research about the ceasefire […]

06 Mar

PLO decides to suspend security cooperation with Israel

The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted on Thursday to end security cooperation with Israel due to the Israeli government’s continued non-compliance with past signed agreements.However, the President of the Palestinian Authority (which represents the PLO in the Occupied Territories) is unlikely to act on the decision made […]

07 Feb

Belgium’s Parliament Approves Conditional Recognition of Palestine

Late on Thursday, the Belgian parliament approved a resolution calling for official recognition of Palestine as a state.Belgium is the latest European country to tackle the question, as pressure grows on Israel and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, with three other parties in […]

16 Jan

UN Official: “Chances For Resuming Peace Talks, Next to Nothing”

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, stated Thursday that the changes of resuming direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks remain very law, practically next to nothing.The official said, during a session of the Security Council, that since the talks were resumed last year, neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority […]

31 Dec

UN Security Council votes against Palestinian offer for peace negotiation

December 31, 2014 5:35 AM Celine Hagbard International, News Report, Peace process 0

Australia joined the United States in voting against a resolution calling for ‘a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution’ within the next year for Israel and Palestine, and affirming Palestinian national sovereignty. The resolution received eight ‘yes’ votes and two ‘no’ votes – leaving it just one vote short of […]

18 Dec

EU recognizes Palestinian state; removes Hamas from terror list

December 18, 2014 5:23 AM Celine Hagbard International, News Report, Peace process 0

On Wednesday, the Parliament of the European Union voted to recognize ‘in principle’ a Palestinian state, and, in a separate action, the General Court of the European Union decided to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist groups.The dual decisions by the European Union came just a day after the […]

15 Dec

Israeli and American Academics Demand US and EU to Sanction Israeli Leaders

PNN reports that a group of Israeli and American academics calling themselves ‘genuine Zionists’ have sent written demands to the US government and European countries insisting that they impose sanctions on Israeli politicians Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel, Moshe Feiglin and PM Benjamin Netanyahu.This demand, according to Haaretz, comes as a […]

22 Nov

John Kerry Conducted a Theatre of the Absurd in Amman

No one takes US ‘peace plan’ efforts seriously anymore – the Amman meetings were proof of that.US Secretary John Kerry met in Amman with King Abdullah, PM Netanyahu, and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for the umpteenth episode of the ongoing theatre saga dubbed the ‘peace process.’ Just across the river […]

22 Nov

International Solidarity Conference in Ramallah Disrupted by Israeli Bureaucracy

November 22, 2014 1:35 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Peace process, Ramallah 0

The official launching of the International Conference of Local Authorities in Solidarity with the Palestinian People took place on Friday, gathering more than a hundred International, Arab and Islamic key figures who came to show support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom and an end to the Israeli occupation.WAFA Palestinian […]

03 Sep

Faraj and Erekat Visit US for Meeting with Kerry

Major General of the Palestinian Intelligence Service, Majed Faraj, along with the head of the Palestinian negotiation team, Saeb Erekat, traveled to the United States to meet Secretary of State John Kerry.According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), security sources reported that they are going to ask Kerry to set […]

01 Sep

Cairo Truce Negotiations to Begin Soon, PA to Pay Hamas Employees

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to pay civil servants employed by Hamas in Gaza, on Wednesday, following an extended salary crisis which came upon the forming of the new Palestinian unity government, this past April.According to Ma’an News Agency, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq stated that an agreement […]

31 Aug

Abbas to Develop 3-stage Plan for Independent Palestinian Statehood

August 31, 2014 6:55 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), Palestinian sources have confirmed that President Mahmoud Abbas has set into action a plan comprised of 3 stages, with the aim of reaching an independent Palestinian state.The sources told London-based “Middle East” newspaper that Abbas intends to give the USA a period of […]

22 Aug

Europeans Urge New UN Resolution on Gaza

Britain, France and Germany have reportedly launched a new UN bid which aims to end six weeks of horrific violence in the Gaza Strip.In a document obtained by AFP, the three countries pushed for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire which would put an end to the fighting in Gaza, as […]

21 Aug

UN Security Council Calls for Resumption of Talks

The UN Security Council, yesterday, expressed ‘grave concern’ over the resumption of “hostilities” in Gaza, and called upon parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a ‘sustainable and lasting ceasefire,’ according to Reuters. The council adopted a statement, WAFA reports – with all 15 members voting in favor – stressing […]

11 Aug

Delegation Update: Next 3 Days Last Chance for Truce

According to Ma’an News Agency, the Palestinian delegation in Cairo has told Egyptian mediators that the next three days will be the last chance for reaching a comprehensive truce agreement with Israel. Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Qays Abu Layla, told Ma’an that, as […]

28 Jul

United Nations and President Obama Call for ‘Unconditional Ceasefire’

July 28, 2014 3:11 PM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Peace process 0

United States President Barack Obama and the United Nations Security Council have both called for an unconditional ceasefire from Israel this morning. In a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama “made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now,” according […]

28 Jul

Israeli officials Mock Kerry Ceasefire Proposal; Reject any Long-Term Truce

On Friday, a draft of US Secretary of State John Kerry‘s ceasefire proposal was shown to Israeli officials. The draft apparently called for the opening of border crossings between Gaza and Israel and included measure to ensure ‘the economic livelihood’ of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. According to Haaretz, the […]

28 Jul

Netanyahu Stops Pretending to Support Sovereign Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, he told reporters last week in remarks that largely have been overlooked. “There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River […]

29 Jun

Indyk Resigns Following Failure of ‘Peace Talks’

U.S. envoy to the Middle East, Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. However, the State Department says that he will remain involved in the peace effort.This past May, Israeli media reported that, according to an unnamed US official, Indyk would be leaving his duties, the negotiating […]

13 Jun

EU Ministers Demand Solution to Palestinian Cause

Foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) have recently stressed the importance of finding a fair solution to the Palestinian cause.Al Ray reports that the third meeting of EU ministers and their Arabs counterparts was held in Athens two days ago, where ministers affirmed the EU’s stance on a settlement, […]

08 Jun

Vatican Hosts Cross-Cultural Peace Prayer

Vatican City hosts, today, a joint peace prayer with Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and president Mahmoud Abbas, in what is held to be an unprecedented symbolic gesture offered with the intention of creating a bridge of peaceful dialogue across religious borders. According to AFP via Ma’an, Abbas said […]

24 May

Bennett Suggests ‘Stability Plan’ Over Peace Talks

Israeli minister of economy and leader of the Jewish Home Party, Naftali Bennett, has suggested a new plan for peace in Palestine, calling for dismantling the security barrier in the West Bank and letting Palestinians govern themselves. According to Al Ray, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on […]

23 May

Netanyahu: “Abbas Is Not Partner In Peace, Israel Weighing Unilateral Moves”

May 23, 2014 4:08 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, News Report, Peace process 0

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attacked Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of obstructing direct “peace talks”, and said Israel is weighing unilateral moves that would include limited withdrawals from some West Bank areas.The Likud Party leader said peace talks have failed, and that “there is no Palestinian partner in […]

22 May

John Kerry Not to Return to Middle East with New Peace Deal

The US has announced that there will be no new Middle East peace project offered by the American Secretary of State, John Kerry.Kerry’s spokesman says that Kerry is busy with the Ukraine and the South Sudan files, and that he will not intervene in the short term with the Palestinians […]

21 May

Indyk to End Duties, Dissolve Negotiating Team

According to Israeli media sources, an unnamed US official has said that Washington’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Martin Indyk, will be leaving his duties, the negotiating team dissolved.On Wednesday, Israeli news site Maariv quoted a top official as saying that Indyk was ending his duties due to the ‘failure’ […]

13 May

Kerry To Meet Abbas In London

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be holding a meeting, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in London, to discuss efforts meant to ensure the resumption of direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.This would be the first meeting between Abbas and Kerry since direct talks with Tel […]

12 May

Secret Talks Held In Jerusalem, Amman

May 12, 2014 10:24 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian and Israeli sources revealed, Sunday [May 11, 2014] that, despite the collapse of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Israel and Palestinian negotiators are still holding “secret talks” in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and in occupied Jerusalem.The sources said that several sessions were held between the two sides, and that direct negotiations […]

09 May

Abbas Ready to Return to Negotiations Conditionally

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, during a TV interview Thursday, that Palestinians are ready to resume negotiations, but under the condition that Israel releases the fourth batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners, as previously agreed, and halts settlement construction for three months. These statements come only two weeks after Israel halted […]

08 May

Peres: Netanyahu Blocked 2011 Peace Deal

Israeli President Shimon Peres said, on Tuesday, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a 2011 peace agreement which he had secretly negotiated with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.According to a Ma’an report, Peres said that he and Abbas had finalized a draft agreement, in a series of secret meetings held in […]

06 May

US Officials Plan to Relaunch Negotiations

The US State Department announced, late Monday, that senior officials are planning to visit Israel again, after the recent collapse of peace talks.Reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry had decided to dismantle a team of American negotiators were denied by the State Department. The negotiators in question have […]

05 May

7 Minors Arrested Over Racist Attacks

Seven Jewish Israeli minors have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in racist acts and vandalism.Four of the suspects, between the ages of 13 and 15, are accused of spraying racist graffiti at a building site near a Palestinian village west of Jerusalem, on Sunday, according to statements by Israeli […]

04 May

Yair Lapid: Israel May Still Negotiate with Hamas

Israeli finance minister and chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid, has stated to the Wall Street Journal that there is a chance for Israel to potentially conduct talks with Hamas if the group ‘renounces terror’ and ‘recognizes Israel’.He added that this is not the first time something of […]

03 May

Kerry: Peace a Benefit to Both Israel and Palestine

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced, yesterday, that he has decided to take a pause in order to re-evaluate possible steps in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, noting that he will make public the ‘progress’ made during the nine months of peace talks between the two nations. At a press […]

30 Apr

Gal-on: Netanyahu Government ‘Not Interested In Peace’

Leader of the Israeli Meretz Party, Zahava Gal-on, said Sunday that the current Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not interested in peace.Gal-on stated, in an interview with Radio Israel, that the Netanyahu government must regain its senses and put the new Palestinian government to the test, to […]

25 Apr

Israel Halts Peace Talks, Discusses More Sanctions On P.A

April 25, 2014 3:02 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, News Report, Peace process 0

The Israeli ministerial cabinet held an extended session in response to the Palestinian reconciliation and unity agreement, and decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, and to conduct various measures meant to punish it and pressure it into voiding the deal.Israeli Ynet News said that right wing ministers […]

17 Apr

Statement by Erekat Marking the Day of the Palestinian Prisoner

A staggering 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since 1967. 5224 remain incarcerated today, including administrative, sick, female and children detainees. These numbers reflect one of the worst experiences of imprisonment in contemporary history, designed to break the will of an entire nation seeking freedom.RAMALLAH, April 17, 2014 […]

10 Apr

Abbas Agrees to Extend Negotiations with Israel

Israeli sources have claimed that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to extend negotiations past the deadline of April 29.The sources said that the President agreed to extend the negotiations, which will be based on the establishment of a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to […]

09 Apr

Israeli Minister Slams Kerry’s Statements

April 9, 2014 1:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Peace process 0

Israeli Minister of Economy and head of the Jewish Home Party, Naftali Bennett, denounced statements by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, which criticized Israel’s settlement construction and expansion activities.On his Facebook page, Bennett said that Israel’s construction and expansion of Jewish settlements “is not a boom in construction, it’s […]

04 Apr

Israel Punishes P.A for Filing Requests to Join International Organizations

April 4, 2014 1:06 PM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

The extremist government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to “punish” the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas for filing a formal application to join 15 UN conventions, by imposing a series of measures and restrictions.Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni […]

03 Apr

US Secretary of State Kerry Rebukes Palestinian Leader for Seeking Statehood

After the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused to attend a meeting, Wednesday, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, thus stalling the so-called ‘peace negotiations’ that began last year, Kerry called the Palestinian President in an attempt to continue the talks by phone. Kerry’s decision to cancel his meeting with […]

02 Apr

Hamas Rejects Extension of Negotiations

Hamas said today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, that it rejects the extension of negotiations with Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to “stop this travesty.”The extension of talks would mark the “genuine ending of the Palestinian cause”, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. US peace efforts are teetering on […]

31 Mar

Israel Hands PLO Proposal to Extend ‘Peace Talks’

Israel has handed the PLO a proposal aimed at extending peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, as efforts to salvage the negotiations come to a head. (AFP/Al Ray) The fate of the US-brokered peace process could be decided within days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier, warning that […]

26 Mar

Arab League Refuses to Recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish State’

The Arab League Summit has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli demand which threatens to derail peace talks, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The Arab countries stressed the illegality of the Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of West Bank, and condemned the […]

20 Mar

56 Palestinians Killed, 897 Injured During Peace Talks

Israeli military forces have killed 56 Palestinians and injured 897 since the resumption of peace negotiations with Israel in July, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Tuesday.According to the PLO statement there have been over 500 settler attacks on persons and property in the West Bank, and Israeli forces have […]

18 Mar

Panel Discussion to Be Held on One State Solution

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 7:00 PM, AICafe is holding a public panel discussion on the One State Solution with Mohannad Abu Gosh, Mikado Warschawski and the Haifa group for One Democratic State. All are invited. An open discussion with leading activists and thinkers about a one state solution […]